''I was asleep and I knew something was wrong. I have these instincts. I went to the Crown and Anchor (pub) and my girlfriend was there with another guy.'' - Brandon Flowers
''We must’ve written it around the end of 2001. Dave and I were writing a ton of songs at the time, trying to figure out what it was that made us tick. I remember us going into the Virgin Megastore to buy (The Strokes’) Is This It on the day it came out and, when we put it on in the car, that record just sounded so perfect. I got so depressed after that, we threw away everything and the only song that made the cut and remained was ‘Mr. Brightside.'' - Brandon Flowers
''Lyrically, it’s about an odd girlfriend of mine. All the emotions in the song are real. When I was writing the lyrics, my wounds from it were still fresh. I am Mr. Brightside! But I think that’s the reason the song has persisted because it’s real. People pick up on those things.'' - Brandon Flowers
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''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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